February 15 2017
On Wednesday 15th February, the team at Cavell Court will open its doors from 10am-3pm for the free film screening featuring an international story teller, as well as an interactive reading session.
The film will feature the Storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE, performing a story and providing tips and advice for reading aloud.
Local actress, Sally Burnett, will be visiting the care home and joining the day’s celebrations, as well as taking part in reading sessions throughout the day. Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to request their favourite tales, and Sally will be on hand to read them to everyone.
World Read Aloud Day is an annual event which celebrates the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, and it is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.
Care UK has teamed up with the patron of The Society for Storytelling to promote the therapeutic benefits of reading to older people. Taffy is currently the most experienced storyteller in the country having performed globally, with a repertoire of more than 300 stories.
Customer relations manager, Samantha Woods, explained why Cavell Court is taking part in World Read Aloud Day: “Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people. It is calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight, and soothing for those unable to communicate. It is also an enjoyable activity that family and friends can do with their loved one when paying them a visit.
“The film really brings to life the benefits of reading aloud. Taffy is an incredibly expressive storyteller, and he really transports listeners to the fictional worlds in his stories. We hope that people in Cavell Court will join us for a delightful day of storytelling and opportunity to discuss favourite books and classic literature.”
Taffy Thomas MBE, Storyteller Laureate and patron of The Society for Storytelling, said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting Care UK with this brilliant initiative to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. I want to help encourage the community in Cringleford to share the benefits of storytelling and embrace the power of reading aloud, as no matter what their age or ability, this is an activity for all.
“I hope local people will join the team and residents at Cavell Court for this special day.”
In preparation for World Read Aloud Day, the Care UK team and residents at Cavell Court visited Wymondham Library, where community librarian Helena Last hosted an interactive reading session.